How To Make Chocolate Salame in 10 minutes

Ever tried a slice of this awesome chocolate dessert? Chocolate Salami is an easy, fast, kid-friendly and no-bake dessert that Italians eat for merenda – the afternoon snack. I’ve tested a few versions, but the one I like best is made with dark chocolate, hazelnuts and crushed tea biscuits.

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7 oz of plain tea biscuits* + 2 oz (to add if the mixture comes out too soft)
7 oz of dark chocolate**
3.5 of sugar
1.7 oz of hazelnuts
2 eggs

I used a little less than two packages of Ülker tea biscuits* (found ’em in an ethnic store nearby) and 1 bar and 1/2 of Divine 70% bittersweet chocolate** (Central Market). Result: AWESOME!

  1. Melt the chocolate until smooth in a bain-marie (a heatproof bowl suspended over a saucepan of simmering water (but not touching the water).
  2. Meanwhile roughly crush the biscuits (you can use the smooth side of a meat tenderizer). They need to be rubble, not dust.
  3. Chocolate should be ready. Remove from heat.
  4. Crumble hazelnuts in a chopper.
  5. In a bowl, beat the eggs, add the hazelnuts along with the warm chocolate, and add the biscuits. Mix throughly until you have a smooth mixture.
  6. Try it – If you see that the chocolate is too much compared to the crushed biscuit, crumble more biscuits and add them to the mixture.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a sheet of parchment paper and mould the mixture into a fat salame-like log. If you need to, use your hands — you’ll have fun, it’s very messy :) — use the salami as a rolling pin and roll, roll until you get to the salami shape.
  8. Keep the salami in the parchment paper wrapping and cover it completely with foil. Then put it in the fridge for at least a couple of hours. Before serving, you can even get very creative: massage it with powdered sugar and string it up to give that actual salami look :)
Serve fridge cold!
Buona merenda :D
ps. what do you know about Italian salame, salamelle and salsiccia?
did you know that salame is actually pronounced ‘sah-lah-meh’ in Italian?

3 responses to “How To Make Chocolate Salame in 10 minutes

  1. Would you believe I am Sicilian but I have never tasted this, and castagnaccio too. Looks very good, brava!

  2. Pingback: Viva La Mamma! | Pasta & Co.·

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